Gabriel Ramos Ibañez


Mireya Loza


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Gabriel Ramos Ibañez was born in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca, Oaxaca, México on February 24, 1928; His parents worked in the field and died when he was a child; Mr. Ramos had four sisters and two brothers; He started working since he was seven years old and earned $0.25 cents per day; Mr. Ramos worked as a bracero picking lettuce, watermelon and cotton in Arizona, Texas and California.

Summary of Interview

Gabriel Ramos Ibáñez started working since he was seven years old; He heard about the bracero program when he was twenty six years old; He started working in Arizona for two years watering lettuce and vegetables; he traveled to Manteca, California and picked peaches, nuts and tomatoes. He renewed his contract and worked in Bythe, Arizona; He also traveled to Yuma, Arizona and worked picking lettuce. He bought clothes and sent money to his wife every time he could; Ramos felt very satisfied with his job and the salary he received while he worked as a bracero it helped to give him an education to his sons.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

24 minutes

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No. 1451

Transcript Number

No. 1451

Length of Transcript

15 pages



Interview Number

No. 1451

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Interview in Spanish.